Personally Identifiable Information
As a general rule, PAPA Alliance does not collect PII about you when you visit our website, unless you choose to provide such information to us. Submitting PII through our website is voluntary. By doing so, you are giving PAPA Alliance your permission to use the information for the stated purpose. However, not providing certain information may result in PAPA Alliance’s inability to provide you with the service you desire.
If you choose to provide us with PII on a PAPA Alliance website, through such methods as completing a web form or sending us an email, we will use that information to help us provide you the information or service you have requested or to respond to your message. The information we may receive from you varies based on what you do when visiting our site.
Generally, the information requested by PAPA Alliance will be used to respond to your inquiry or to provide you with the service you request. When this information is requested, the reasons for collecting it, a description of PAPA Alliance’s intended use of the information, how to grant consent to use mandatorily provided information, and how to grant consent for other than statutorily mandated uses will be fully described in a separate customized “Privacy Notice.” This customized Privacy Notice will either appear on the web page collecting the information or be accessible through a hyperlink (link) prominently displayed immediately above or below the information request.
Many of our programs and websites allow you to send us an email. We will use the information you provide to respond to your inquiry. We will only send you general information via email. You should be reminded that email may not necessarily be secure against interception. Therefore, we suggest that you do not send sensitive personal data (such as your Social Security number) to us via email. If your intended email communication is very sensitive, or includes information such as your bank account, credit card, or Social Security number, you should instead send it by U.S. mail. Another alternative may be submission of data through a secure web page, if available.
Categories of information PAPA Alliance collects on its websites are further described below.
Automatically Collected Information
We collect and temporarily store certain information about your visit for use in site management and security purposes only. We collect and analyze this information because it helps us to better design our website to suit your needs. We may also automatically collect information about the web content you view in the event of a known security or virus threat. This information includes:
The Internet domain from which you access our website (for example, “xcompany.com” if you use a private Internet access account, or “yourschool.edu” if you connect from an educational domain);
The Internet Protocol (IP) address (a unique number for each computer connected to the Internet) from which you access our website;
The type of browser (e.g., Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome) used to access our site;
The operating system (e.g., Windows, Mac OS, Unix) used to access our site;
The date and time you access our site;
The Universal Resource Locators (URLs), or addresses, of the pages you visit;
Your username, if it was used to log in to the website; and
If you visited this website from another website, the URL of the forwarding site.
We may share the above information with our employees or representatives with a “need-to-know” in the performance of their official duties, other PAPA Alliance agencies, or other named representatives as needed to quickly process your request or transaction. This information is only used to help us make our site more useful for you.
Third-Party Websites and Applications
PAPA Alliance uses social media websites and other kinds of third-party websites. PAPA Alliance uses social media websites to interact with foreign constituencies and engage in public diplomacy worldwide. Social media websites are used to publicize embassy and PAPA Alliance events, and engage with members of the public in foreign countries. PAPA Alliance also uses web measurement and customization technologies to measure the number of visitors to our websites and their various sections and to help make our websites more useful to visitors. In such cases, the third-party application may request an email address, username, password, and geographic location (e.g., State, region, or ZIP code) for account registration purposes.PAPA Alliance does not use third-party websites to solicit and collect PII from individuals. Any PII passively collected (i.e., not solicited) by the third-party website will not be transmitted or stored by PAPA Alliance; no PII will be disclosed, sold or transferred to any other entity outside PAPA Alliance, unless required for law enforcement purposes or by statute.
PAPA Alliance uses various types of online surveys to collect opinions and feedback from a random sample of visitors. This survey does not collect PII. Although the survey invitation pops up for a random sample of visitors, it is optional. If you decline the survey, you will still have access to the identical information and resources at the Peacetracts.org site as those who do take the survey. The survey reports are available only to Peacetracts.org managers and other designated staff who require this information to perform their duties. PAPA Alliance may use other limited-time surveys for specific purposes, which are explained at the time they are posted.